Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2/3 Larry Van Aalst talks with Katie Wetzel Murphy & Jennifer Higgins

Katie Wetzel Murphy - Owner & Brand Ambassador, Alexander Valley Vineyards 

Alexander Valley Vineyards began in 1962, located in the heart of the Alexander Valley, it is known for a wide variety of award winning wines. Katie is Owner/Brand Ambassador, and has wide ranging responsibilities . We talk about the winery, taste some of the new releases, and find out about a very special winery event coming up in the near future.

Jennifer Higgins - Winemaker, Lambert Bridge Winery 

After a very impressive background in the industry including stints at Simi, Clos du Bois, and Lancaster, Jennifer has found a home at Lambert Bridge Winery.  Producing some of the finest wines in Sonoma County. Lambert Bridge is located in a beautiful spot just outside of Healdsburg California. We try the wines, and talk about the outlook for the 2016 vintage.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

1/20 Larry Van Aalst talks to Dan Kosta & Ray Johnson

Dan Kosta - Partner, Kosta Browne Winery 

The respected partner in Kosta Browne Winery, and good friend of CRN, Dan has a new project just launched and will be with us to give the details. AldenAlli is the new label and the involvement with one of Americas most famous Chefs is the big news. We talk about all of the aspects of wine in Dan's life, and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition that took place the first week of January .

Ray Johnson - Director, The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University 
Ray has a major responsibility at The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University , along with that, Ray is an author, world traveler, and Wine Judge. We talk about the big project at the university, and the results from the Chronicle Wine Competition.

Monday, January 11, 2016

1/6 Larry Van Aalst talks with Carl Brandhorst & Chris Morano

 Carl Brandhorst -  President, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association

Carl is in the studio with us as he visits for The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Carl represents some of the best wines made in the eastern U.S, and will be here as a judge for the largest competition of American wines in the world. We will talk about the differences in styles of wines on the two coasts, and across America. 

As Chief Concierge at The FountainGrove Inn located in Santa Rosa California, Chris is the man who can put you on the right track to a fun, and interesting visit in Sonoma County. Chris tells us about the big award he just accepted, and all aspects of visiting Sonoma's Wine Country. We will also get a preview of The Steakhouse at the Equus Restaurant.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

12/23 Larry Van Aalst talks to Remy Martin & Kelly Comstock Ferris

Remy Martin -  Brewer & Partner, Fogbelt Brewing Company

Remy comes from a noted background in Sonoma County. Son of a Master Winemaker, Remy with a partner, opened Fogbelt, and is already getting accolades in what is a hot spot for beer making in Santa Rosa. Remy tells us the ins and outs of starting a brewery, and offers his choices of favorite beers.

Kelly Comstock Ferris - General Manager, Comstock Wines

Comstock Winery is in the Dry Creek Valley. Kelly is the lead of one of the newest of the Sonoma County wineries. Kelly has a keen insight into focused business, and fine wines. We talk about the mix between the good life in Sonoma County, and the hard work getting established.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

12/9 Larry Van Aalst talk to William Seppi & Scotty Gross

William Seppi - General Manager, Costeaux French Bakery

The best of the best in Sonoma County is brought to life at Costeaux French Bakery in Healdsberg. Winning the National Bakery of the Year Award is just one aspect of how they got the reputation they have. Will Seppi is the second generation to take the helm, and has been noticed by his community for his efforts in making The Northern California Wine Country what we all appreciate . Pastries, tortes, cookies breads, and one of the greatest cafes around make this a must visit when in Sonoma County. We talk about the holidays, and the involvement in The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Costeaux has.

Scotty Gross - Sales,  Classic Wines of California

Scotty is a veteran in the wine business. Working for Classic Wines of California , Scotty holds the title WSET II  for his involvement in wine education. We talk about finding a special wine for a holiday feast, and a great Champagne for New Years.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

11/25 Larry Van Aalst talks with Christopher Sawyer & Nancy Walker

Christopher Sawyer - Long time Sommelier

Chris recently has branched out as a Journalist, Consultant , and is involved in all aspects of wine. We talk about his involvement in the choice of wine for the White House Thanksgiving dinner , and the upcoming holiday events in Northern California Wine Country.

Nancy Walker - Partner at Stephan & Walker 

Nancy has long been  involved in the business of wine. One of three partners in Stephan & Walker, she consistently wins top awards at wine competitions. Our conversation is about making a sweepstakes winning late harvest wine, and what to look forward to in the 2015 vintage lineup.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

11/11 Larry Van Aalst talks with Chris Smith

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat is at the top of the list for California Wine County Newspapers. Chris is the doyen of writers for the paper covering all aspects of Wine Country life. We will talk about the terrible fire in Lake County and our prospects for ending the dry spell . As the best resource about local happenings, Chris will also give us the story on what to do when visiting Sonoma County during the Fall and Holiday season. 

Also, I have an update on the changes in the Equus Restaurant and The FountainGrove Inn.